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Native American Barbie: The Marketing of Euro-American Desires

01 Sep 2005-American Studies (Global Indigenous Nations Studies Program, University of Kansas: 46, Iss: 3, pp 295-326

AbstractNative Americans are the only racial group that today consistently appears in a negative light in large toy-manufacturing lines. A lot of American Indian toys still depict semi-naked figures living in teepees. These stereotypes freeze, in the minds of children, images of American Indians as racial groups that still live in a pristine past unaffected and unchanged by the 20th century. JoAllyn Archambault, Standing Rock Dakota/ Creek, (1992)1 more

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